Henan University

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Henan University
Motto 明德,新民,止于至善[1]
Motto in English
To illustrate illustrious virtue; to renovate the people; and to rest in the highest excellence[2]
Type Public university
Established 1912; 106 years ago (1912)
President Song Chunpeng[3]
Administrative staff
Students 60,000[4]
Undergraduates 50,000[4]
Postgraduates 10,000[4]
Location Kaifeng, Henan, China
34°48′45.8″N 114°21′49.3″E / 34.812722°N 114.363694°E / 34.812722; 114.363694Coordinates: 34°48′45.8″N 114°21′49.3″E / 34.812722°N 114.363694°E / 34.812722; 114.363694
Campus Two campuses: old (original) and new (opened in 2002)
Website www.henu.edu.cn

Henan University (simplified Chinese: 河南大学; traditional Chinese: 河南大學; pinyin: Hénán Dàxué) is one of the oldest public universities in China. HENU is located in Kaifeng, a famous historic city which was the capital of China during seven different dynasties. It is a comprehensive university with 11 branches of learning: agriculture, economics, education, engineering, history, law, liberal arts, management, medicine, philosophy, and science. The Chinese Ministry of Education has granted it Double First Class status in certain disciplines.[5]


One of the oldest buildings in HENU

Founded in 1912, Henan University is one of the oldest universities in China.[4] It was originally named the Preparatory School for Further Study in Europe and America. Afterwards it was renamed Zhongzhou University (1923), Henan Zhongshan University (1927), Provincial Henan University (1930), and National Henan University (1942).[6] Warlord Feng Yuxiang reportedly played an important role in the university's development, strongly supporting it during his five and a half months-long military governorship of Henan in 1922.[7] After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the school was renamed Henan Normal College, then Kaifeng Normal College, and Henan Normal University. The name Henan University was restored in 1984.[4]


As of April 2016, Henan University ran 94 undergraduate programs, 42 primary discipline Master’s programs, 174 sub-discipline Master’s programs, 18 professional Master’s programs, a primary discipline doctoral program and 18 doctoral programs and had 15 doctoral research centers. Among the university's 4,300-strong staff were 11 full-time and half-time academicians as well as 1,200 professors and associate professors. There were more than 60,000 students receiving a full-time education at HENU; among them were more than 10,000 postgraduates and nearly 300 overseas students.[4]


The JinMing library.jpg

Henan University Library was formally established in 1912. It claims to be one of the biggest university libraries in Henan Province, with 8 service departments, and 36 reading-rooms in which there are more than 6,000 seats.[8] In 2014, it boasted a collection of more than 7.57 million items, of which 180,000 were hard-bound books of Chinese classics and 170,000 were foreign books.[9]


Jinming campus

Henan University comprises two campuses, Minglun (Chinese: 明伦) and Jinming (Chinese: 金明).[10] The university covers a total area of about 660 acres with a gross floor area of more than 100 million square meters.[6]

Minglun Campus[edit]

Minglun, the main and oldest campus of Henan University, is located in Shunhe District, Kaifeng. It named from an ancient Chinese word "明伦" meaning "Discipline, Modesty and Industry".[citation needed]

It contains the majority of the schools and key cultural heritages,[11][citation needed] namely the Big Auditorium (built in 1931, a magnificent palatial architecture in center of the Minglun campus), the monument of imperial examinations (built in the Song Dynasty, key cultural heritage) and History Museum[12] (has many valuable historical relics).[citation needed]

Jinming Campus[edit]

The Jinming campus is located in Jinming District, Kaifeng. It includes the Key Laboratory of the PRC Ministry of Education.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]

Government and politics[edit]

  • Liang Guanglie (梁光烈), Minister of PRC National Defense
  • Wang Quanshu (王全书), Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China's Henan Committee
  • Yuan Baohua (袁宝华), President of Renmin University of China
  • Wang Guoquan (王国全), Ambassador of China to East Germany, Poland, Australia and Italy

Humanities and social sciences[edit]

Natural sciences and mathematics[edit]

  • Gao Yaojie (高耀洁), Chinese gynecoligist and AIDS activist

Literature and art[edit]

  • Deng Tuo (邓拓), Chinese poet, intellectual and journalist
  • Yan Lianke (阎连科), Chinese novelist, author of Dream of Ding Village (丁庄梦) and Enjoyment (受活)
  • Yao Xueyin (姚雪垠), Chinese novelist, author of Li Zicheng


  1. ^ "School Seal, Motto and Spirit (in Chinese)". Henan U. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  2. ^ "The Motto Of Henan University". Henan U. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  3. ^ "The Party Secretary and President". henu.edu.cn. Henan U. 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Henan U. Profile (in Chinese)". Henan U. April 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  5. ^ "教育部 财政部 国家发展改革委 关于公布世界一流大学和一流学科建设高校及建设 学科名单的通知 (Notice from the Ministry of Education and other national governmental departments announcing the list of double first class universities and disciplines)".
  6. ^ a b "An Introduction to Henan University". Henan U. March 28, 2011. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  7. ^ Sheridan (1966), pp. 113, 116.
  8. ^ "About Henan University Library". HENU. 2011-03-28. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  9. ^ "Henan U. Library (in Chinese)". HENU Library. 2014-07-10. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  10. ^ "History (in Chinese)". Henan U. April 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  11. ^ "Key cultural heritage site under state protection, Ⅴ-111". The State Administration of Cultural Heritage.
  12. ^ "An Introduction to HENU history museum". Henan university.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Key Lab for Special Functional Materials, Ministry of Education". Henan university.[permanent dead link]


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